Christmas in the Branch


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Christmas in the Branch

Discover an all-new interactive holiday event experience in Farmers Branch!

Create new holiday traditions at Christmas in the Branch, a month long holiday event where you can explore Santa’s Village, shop our holiday Marketplace and ice skate Under the Stars at our outdoor skating rink.  Our traditional Tour of Lights drive thru display has been re-imagined into this exciting interactive Christmas experience where now you can get out and play!

December 15

Holiday Marketplace in the Grove

Saturday, December 15
4 – 8 pm

The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Celebrate the holiday season by shopping at the Marketplace, Skating Under the Stars, letting the kids enjoy activities and don’t forget about seeing Santa!

Event Details:

  • Event opens at 4:00 pm
  • Event Location:
    The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch, 75234
  • Free Admission. All ages welcome.
  • Event Hotline: 972-919-1433


  • RL Turner Jazz Band and Choir

Skating Under the Stars:

  • Outdoor ice rink in front of the Star Center



  • Holiday Marketplace showcasing local vendors – shop for unique homemade/handmade gifts just in time for the holiday season!


Free Activities:

  • Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus!   Arriving by Fire Truck at 4:00 pm, be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment.   Suggested donation is $5. There will be no line reservations this year.
  • Trackless train
  • Roaming Characters – Elsa​, ​Grinch​ & Toy Soldier

  • Christmas Tree Stilt Walker

  • Petting Zoo

  • Holiday Crafts for Kids

Nuevo Leon serving Nachos, Tamales & Tacos​

Yummy Pizza serving Pizza

All parking is free!

Primary event parking is located at Farmers Branch City Hall, 13000 William Dodson Parkway.

ADA parking is available at City Hall as well as the Farmers Branch DART station, 12800 Denton Drive.

Or go green and ride DART to the event!  Liberty Plaza, the Grove and the outdoor ice rink are right across the street from the Farmers Branch DART Station

No Outside Alcohol will be allowed at this event.
Items not allowed inside the gate:

  • Alcohol (not permitted to enter or leave event site)
  • Smoking
  • Illegal drugs
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Contraband
  • Canopies or Pop-Up Tents
  • Skate boards, Roller Blades, In-Line Skates and Bicycles
  • Golf Carts and ATV’s
  • Unauthorized sales, solicitations and distributions

List of Prohibited Items

December 1 - January 6

Skating Under the STARS

December 1 – January 6

Farmers Branch StarCenter
12700 N Stemmons Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Skate under the stars at the outdoor ice skating rink.


December 2 – December 20

Monday – Friday 5  – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday  Noon – 10 pm

December 21 – January 6

7 days a week  Noon – 10 pm
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day


Youth (ages 0 -17) $8
Adults (ages 18+) $9
Skate Rental $4 or bring your own skates
No time limit per visit.


Each evening a portion of Skating under the STARS concession sales goes to a local non-profit organization. Come out and support our friends and community.

Check out the week night promos! Be sure to mention the discount to skate staff when purchasing your ticket and show a form of the designated identification to receive free skate rental for being a hard working member of our community.

Saturday, December 8
Rink Hours: Noon – 10 pm
Support non-profit: Boy Scout Troop 734

Sunday, December 9
Rink Hours: Noon – 10 pm
Support non-profit: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church

Monday, December 10
Rink Hours: 5 – 10 pm
Support non-profit: Cub Scout Pack 837
PROMO: Happy Hour – Cheap Skate 5 – 7 pm

Tuesday, December 11
Rink Hours: 5 – 10 pm
Support non-profit: Cub Scout Pack 837
PROMO: Teacher Appreciation Night

Wednesday, December 12
Rink Hours: 5 – 10 pm
Support non-profit: TOPS
PROMO: First Responders Night

Thursday, December 13
Rink Hours: 5 – 10 pm
Support non-profit: BSA Troop 713
PROMO: Brookhaven College Night

Friday, December 14
Rink Hours: 5 – 10 pm
Support non-profit: Vivian Field Middle School

Saturday, December 15
Rink Hours: Noon – 10 pm
Support non-profit: Methodist Men & Sojourner’s Class – Christ UMC

Ice Pass

Free admission for Farmers Branch residents!

Farmers Branch residents are eligible to take advantage of free Skating under the Stars at the all-new outdoor rink this Christmas season with the “Ice Pass,” available while supplies last.

The Ice Pass will grant each resident free one-day admission to the outdoor rink.

Passes are now available at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, The Branch Connection, Aquatics Center or the Parks & Recreation Department at City Hall.

Skate rental not included; $4 or bring your own skates. Ice Passes are limited to four per household. Farmers Branch residents must present a current photo ID or utility bill that shows a Farmers Branch address. Ice Pass is valid for any time the outdoor ice rink is open; please present pass to the attendant.

Other Christmas Activities in the Branch

From Prairie to Posh: Christmas Structure Tours


Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22  |  2:30 pm
Friday, December 7, 14 & 21  |  2:30 & lantern led at 6:30 pm

FREE and Family Friendly! Celebrate the season with guided tours of the “From Prairie to Posh” Christmas exhibit. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the mid-late 19th century and spotlights how the average citified urban versus country rural family celebrated Christmas. Guests will be able to compare the similarities and differences in the decorations, gifts, entertainment and attire.

“From Prairie to Posh” Progressive Pop Up Dinner in the Park

Thursday, December 13
7 – 9 pm

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Ages 21+. Join the Historical Park and RVC Promotions for a special Pop Up Progressive Dinner. Enjoy the beauty of the Park as you tour the “From Prairie to Posh” exhibit and enjoy courses along the way.

$50 per person, space is limited and pre-registration required.

Jingle, Mingle & Gingerbread

Friday, December 14
1 – 2:30 pm

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Family Friendly! Calling all Christmas lovers! Help the Historical Park celebrate the season with gingerbread. There will be jingling and mingling, a hands-on craft and enjoy hot cocoa and yummy snacks. Parents be sure to bring your camera.

New Year’s at Noon

Friday, December 28
10 am – Noon

Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234

Ages 5 – 12 (4 year olds are permitted to attend with an older sibling). Let your little ones celebrate the New Year at a reasonable hour. Join Miss Samantha for a morning of crafts, snacks, dancing and celebrating as we ring in the New Year at noon! Please note: party snacks and juice will be provided, water bottles are encouraged. Please contact the instructor if your child has food allergies. #practicallyperfectinthepark

$15 per child, space is limited and pre-registration required.
Instructor – Samantha Young

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